The United States’ Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y.) decisively won the gold medal in the 10-kilometer open water swimming event Wednesday at the World University Games Rowing Center.
Twichell posted a time of 2:05:00.9 – 31 seconds clear of the second- through fourth-place competitors, who were separated by less than a second.
Italy’s Aurora Ponsele took silver in 2:05:31.9, followed by bronze medalist Karla Sitic of Croatia, who touched in 2:05:32.1 to edge American Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky.) for the final podium spot. Brunemann was fourth in 2:05:32.8. Click here for complete women’s results.
Twichell’s gold-medal performance gave the U.S. 24 total swimming medals at the World University Games, including 23 podium appearances in pool competition.
On the men’s side in the 10K open water event, Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y.) was 10th in 1:57:41.9, while Joey Pedraza (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) placed 14th in 1:58:14.4. Italy’s Matteo Furlan won the gold medal in 1:56:12.4. Click here for complete men’s results.
Taking place every two years, the World University Games are an international, multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International Sports Federation. Swimmers were selected to the 2013 World University Games Team roster based on their performance at the 2012 U.S. Open Championships and the 2013 Open Water National Championships.
For more information on this year’s Games, visit http://kazan2013.ru/en.